Meaning of apperception in English:


Pronunciation /apəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun dated Psychology
  • The mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.

    ‘Where people differ is in the way that each of them typically makes use of the equipment; and this typical mode of apperception and responsiveness is what is meant in psychology by their type.’
    • ‘This could throw additional light upon the unconscious psychodynamic processes governing the perception and apperception, both sensory and extrasensory, of potentially threatening stimuli.’
    • ‘From seashore strands to moors and mountains, from sand specks and protozoa to all-embracing panoramas, knowing and feeling were conjoined, not conflicting, modes of apperception.’
    • ‘Performances provide another such context as audiences are brought together in a heightened awareness of sharing patterns of embodied apperception.’
    • ‘This apperception is indispensable because in the past non-state actors have been mere critics instead of playing their rightful role as eulogistic vehicles in the course of development.’


Mid 18th century from French aperception or modern Latin aperceptio(n-), from Latin ad- ‘to’ + percipere ‘perceive’.